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Softball Recaps: April 4

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 04/04/2018
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ULM 13, Alcorn State 5

MONROE, La. - The offense took a step forward for Alcorn State despite UL-Monroe finishing on top 13-5 in five innings Wednesday at the ULM Softball Complex.

Alcorn (5-22, 2-1 SWAC) registered nine hits which accounted for five earned runs against the Warhawks (19-13, 6-6 SBC). Four of the runs came in a big third inning which saw Victoria Tyler blast a three-run shot for her second homer of the year.

Amari Ramsey extended her hitting-streak to 15 games and her on-base streak to 17 games. She doubled down the left field line and scored on a pair of passed balls to plate Alcorn's first run in the third frame. Desirea Lindsey and Taylor Hughes both knocked singles in the third to score on Tyler's homer. Lindsey and Hughes both notched two hits in the contest as Hughes now has a team-high 12 multi-hit games on the year.

With the run scored, Hughes moved into a tie for third all-time in the Alcorn record book with 88 in her career. She's the all-time hits leader with 172.

The Lady Braves scored their first run in the second inning. With two outs, Malea Dickerson singled through the left side and scored on an RBI double by Bri Smith to left. Smith raised her batting average to .391 on the season which is the second highest on the team behind Hughes (.411).

Alcorn used three different pitchers in the match. Winter Ridgeway got the start and did not allow an earned run in 1.0 inning. Lindsey Eldridge pitched the next 1.2 frames and Ambria Dorsey threw the final 2.0.

Cheyanne Lyon went two-for-three with three RBI's and two runs scored for the Warhawks, who used a 9-1 start over the first two innings to surge ahead.

Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information

Mississippi Valley State 7, Jarvis Christian 6

ITTA BENA, Miss. - Mississippi Valley State shook off a 5-2 deficit to overcome Jarvis Christian 7-6 Wednesday afternoon at MVSU Softball Field.

The Devilettes (7-22) got back into things in the sixth inning, where DeShonte Smith (3-for-3, R) led off with a single to centerfield. Taylor Baez followed with a base knock, and after Smith scored on an error, Elissa Salinas delivered a RBI sac fly to bring home pinch runner Jaime Parmley, who pinch ran for Baez.

Lexany Terrones (2-for-3) tied the game with a RBI single, but Mississippi Valley ended the inning with two runners left on.

Jarvis Christian pushed ahead 6-5 in the top of the seventh during an error, but Mississippi Valley returned fire in the seventh as Sharia Cormier drew a walk then stole second. From there, Smith doubled to bring home Cormier. Parmley singled -- though Smith was tagged out at second during the play -- and after a Kailyn Dunn double, Salinas delivered a walk-off RBI single to plate Parmley.

Jezabelle Quintana got the win for MVSU, working 3.0 innings and allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits.

Central Arkansas 8, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 3
Central Arkansas 7, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1

CONWAY, Ark. - Arkansas-Pine Bluff (9-20) fell in double-header action at Central Arkansas Tuesday afternoon, suffering a 8-3 setback to the Sugar Bears in game one, and dropping a 7-1 tilt in game two.

In game one, UCA jumped ahead 2-0 in the second thanks to RBI singles from Kailla Searcy and Reagan Sperling. UAPB used small ball to respond, as Shanice Akins delivered a RBI single to score Dominique Humphrey, and Alexandria Taylor dropped a sacrifice bunt to score Ta'Lyn Moody (2-for-4, R, RBI).

Libby Morris (2-for-4, 2 R) hit a two-run homer for UCA to put the Sugar Bears up 4-2. Moody drew UAPB within one in the fifth inning thanks to a RBI single, but UCA pulled away as Searcy (2-for-4, R) hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the inning. The Sugar Bears scored four unanswered runs the rest of the way.

Angelique Ramos allowed 12 hits and six earned runs, getting the loss for UAPB.

In game two, UCA built a 6-0 lead over the first four innings. Meanwhile, UAPB was held to just two hits in the contest, its lone bit of offense a bunt single from Tonnay Hawkins that scored Moody.

Louisiana Tech 13, Grambling State 1

RUSTON, La. - Grambling State gave up a five-run second inning as the Lady Tigers fell, 13-1, to Louisiana Tech on Wednesday evening at the Louisiana Tech Softball Complex.

Louisiana Tech (20-17) plated one run in the bottom of the first inning to grab a 1-0 advantage and used a five-run second inning to extend the lead to 6-0.

Grambling State (8-20) cut the margin to 6-1 with one run in the third as Versace Hicks-Butler reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second on Mercedes Williams base hit. Hicks-Butler gave the Lady Tigers their first run on a wild pitch.

Louisiana Tech answered in the bottom of the frame with one run to take a 7-1 advantage and pushed the margin to 13-1, highlighted by a two-run homer by Bayli Simon, in the fourth inning. 

For Grambling, Hailey Haynes, Mercedes Williams, Allye Hartley, Tiffany Doss and Versace Hicks-Butler each registered one hit.

Caitlin McDowell (6-8) took the loss in pitching four innings. She gave up 13 runs on 11 hits, with eight walks.

Sloane Stewartson led the Lady Techsters at the plate by going 3-for-3, with two runs scored and one RBI. Bayl Simon and Berk Calapp each had a pair of hits. Erin McDonald (1-0) picked up the victory in five innings of work. She gave up one run on five hits, with seven strikeouts and one walk.

Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information


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